10 Updates
4 Tempting Second-Act Jobs For Foodies
Photo Credit: Forbes Business

4 Tempting Second-Act Jobs For Foodies

Dec 28 2013, 12:06am CST | by

Michael Pollan: The World’s 7 Most Powerful Foodies Growing up in the 60’s, my idea of the perfect lunch was a bologna sandwich, Drake’s Yodels and an apple packed inside a brown paper bag...

Filed under: news

 
 
 

30 weeks ago

4 Tempting Second-Act Jobs For Foodies

Dec 28 2013, 12:06am CST | by

Michael Pollan: The World’s 7 Most Powerful Foodies

Growing up in the 60’s, my idea of the perfect lunch was a bologna sandwich, Drake’s Yodels and an apple packed inside a brown paper bag.  My husband’s favorite meal was equally gourmet: Chef Boyardee Ravioli — a “real” Italian treat.

Of course, looking back on this now, we chuckle (and our twentysomething food-loving daughters roll their eyes). Like most of our boomer friends, my husband and I have since developed a greater appreciation for fresh, healthy and interesting food. These days, we love spending our weekends trying new recipes, watching cooking shows and shopping at ethnic markets.

(MOREHow to Earn Cash From Your Kitchen )

Full-Time and Semi-Retirement Jobs

If, like us, you love all things food-related, you might want to consider a second-act career in the food world, either as a full-time job or a semi-retirement option.

And I’m not talking about being a cook or a waiter. As the demand for quality food products and services has grown, mouth-watering career options for foodies have diversified, too.

To help you learn more about potential second-act foodie careers, I interviewed Dorothy Williams-Neagle, co-founder of Goodfoodjobs.com , a site that lists full-time and flexible jobs, as well as internship opportunities, in a variety of food-related fields. Williams-Neagle, who’s based in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., recommends four types of jobs:

4 Second-Act Ideas for Foodies

1. Food blogger or freelance food writer  It might surprise you to learn that Rae Drummond, host of The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network, got her start as a food blogger documenting her cooking adventures as a ranch wife and mother. Admittedly, it takes a generous sprinkling of luck to convert a blog into a multimedia empire, like Drummond. But if you’re a foodie with strong photography skills, a flair for writing and a willingness to put in the work, it is possible to whip up a part-time — and sometimes even a full-time — income from a food blog.

These types of blogs cover a wide variety of topics, including cooking tips; product and restaurant reviews; food trends and advice on dealing with everything from food allergies to picky eaters.

(MORE4 Ways to Quietly Test Drive a New Career )

Food bloggers generally earn money in one of two ways — either through advertising, sponsorships and affiliate (referral) revenues or by using their blogs as platforms to promote their own products and services (such as catering and cooking classes).

It’s impossible to predict exactly how much money you’d make as a food blogger. But here’s one real-life example: Lindsay Ostrom, who writes the Pinch of Yum blog  with her husband Bjork, has recently had monthly profits ranging from $10,813 to $15,049 (but she earned just $3,291 in April).

Keep your expectations in check, since it takes time to build a following. And be prepared to blog consistently — generally at least twice a week or more — over at least six months to a year before you’ll start monetizing your site. “Be prepared to do something else while you build up your site,” says Williams-Neagle.

Many bloggers find it helpful to attend blogging conferences, where they can learn the tricks of the trade and network with other bloggers, cookbook authors and potential sponsors. The mother of all food blogging conferences is the BlogHer Food Conference , scheduled for May 16-17, 2014 in Miami. (Although the conference name suggests the event is just for women, men are welcome as well!)/>/>

If you’d rather find freelance writing projects with food-related companies, websites and magazines, look for them on sites like Goodfoodjobs.com  and Mediabistro.com .

2. Gourmet food sales  Cheese stores, gourmet shops and retailers such as Williams-Sonoma look for energetic salespeople to sell their wares. Some higher-end markets, like Whole Foods, also hire salespeople for their cheese and specialty-foods areas. So if you’re someone who enjoys schmoozing with the public as well as learning and talking about food products, this could be a fun second-act option.

While a sales background is helpful, it’s not always required; for these jobs, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic typically matter more than experience. Many retailers offer flexible hours, but you’ll likely be expected to work weekends and/or evenings, especially around the holidays.

Starting salaries tend to be on the low side, generally in the $10- to $15-an-hour range. Some larger retailers, like Whole Foods, offer part-time and full-time employees benefits that can significantly enhance your total compensation package, though.

And as Saul Cohen, 70, who’s now a cheesemonger for Whole Foods Market in Darien, Conn told me in a previous blog, “Semi-Retirement Jobs With Great Benefits ,” these types of jobs can be a lot of fun. “I have friends who’ve become customers and customers who’ve become friends,” Cohen said. “I absolutely love it.”

3. Artisanal food production  Are you known for making specialty salts, fruit-infused beers or the perfect toffee out of your kitchen? If so, you might be able to turn your winning recipes into cash by selling your specialty products online, at farmers markets and through larger retailers.

“There’s a huge appetite for all types of artisanal food products,” says Williams-Neagle. “There seems to be no saturation point for it.”

Selling food is often more complicated than it sounds, however. You need to follow local and federal regulations and food safety laws, even if you just plan to sell your canned jams at the local farmer’s market. And, as I pointed out in “How to Make Cash From Your Kitchen ,” becoming a successful food entrepreneur involves learning about the non-food elements of running the business such as marketing, social media, sales techniques and inventory control. So get knowledgeable about the ingredients needed for success before you start peddling your wares.

4. Web and graphic design  What if you love food, but would prefer to work in an office environment or from your home office? If you have strong design and technical skills, you may be in luck.

Williams-Neagle says restaurants, food producers, bloggers and others often need web and graphic design assistance. So you might be able to create a niche as a designer specializing in the food industry. If you’d prefer to work from home, on a project or freelance basis, approach local restaurants and food-related companies directly; they may need design assistance with their logos, e-mail newsletters and menus.

How to Get Inspired

In case you need inspiration to launch your second-act foodie career, check out the profiles on Goodfoodjobs.com of others who are already doing it. Two of my favorites: Classie Parker , who teaches canning and Andrea Beaman , a chef, holistic health coach and natural foods advocate.

Reading their recipes for success is sure to stimulate your imagination as you explore the smorgasbord of possibilities. Enjoy, and best wishes for a tasty new career in the year ahead!

Nancy Collamer, M.S., is a career coach, speaker and author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement . Her website isMyLifestyleCareer.com ; on Twitter she is @NancyCollamer.

Source: Forbes Business

 
Update
10

6 weeks ago

RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

Cambodia's Famous Battambang Circus
KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan Rakyat was to ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
9

6 weeks ago

Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

New Zealand All Blacks Squad Announcement
KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was brok ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
8

6 weeks ago

Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

Federal Aviation Administration Bans All US Flights To Israel
KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected b ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
7

7 weeks ago

MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hish ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
6

7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

INDIA-CHINA-DIPLOMACY-TRADE
PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southern states ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
5

7 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

Government Weekly Cabinet Meeting
KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.78 million ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
4

7 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
3

7 weeks ago

Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

Iskandar Johor Open - Previews
JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an alloca ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
2

7 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM - Day One
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan Bazaar Sc ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
Update
1

7 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansar ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

New genetic risk factors for Parkinson's discovered
Washington, July 28 (IANS) In what could lead to new treatment for Parkinson's disease, scientists have identified 24 genetic risk factors involved in the disease, including six that had not been previously identified.
 
 
Device to help neuroscientists analyse 'big data'
New York, July 28 (IANS) In the era of unprecedented quantities of information via web, mobile and other internet-based operations, here comes a new device that can help neuroscientists make sense of the "big data".
 
 
Coming, lighter batteries with more life
New York, July 28 (IANS) You may soon be able to have a cell phone with double or triple the battery life as researchers have taken a big step towards accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for decades - design a pure lithium anode.
 
 
ECG, blood test must for chest pain sufferers: Study
London, July 28 (IANS) Suffering from chest pain? Do not take it lightly for indigestion or gas pain. Better get an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood test done to rule out the worst and avoid hospitalisation.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Piper Perabo weds
Piper Perabo has gotten married. The 37-year-old actress tied the knot with director-and-producer Stephen Kay in New York City on Saturday (07.26.14), after getting engaged in September. The 'Covert Affairs' star - who...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Simon Cowell celebrates girlfriend's birthday
Simon Cowell splashed out on jewelry for his girlfriend's birthday. The 'X Factor' star - who has five-month-old son Eric with Lauren Silverman - treated the US socialite to an expensive gift before enjoying some family...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Chatty Ed Sheeran annoys pals
Ed Sheeran has reportedly annoyed his friends by ''spilling secrets''. The 23-year-old singer is incredibly open about his life, and though he hasn't shared anything ''malicious'' about pals including Courteney Cox and...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Stop violence in Saharanpur, says Pakistani daily
Islamabad, July 28 (IANS) The communal violence in Indian town of Saharanpur should be halted at once before it spreads and becomes uncontrollable, a Pakistani daily said in an editorial. The violence was a result of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
New genetic risk factors for Parkinson's discovered
Washington, July 28 (IANS) In what could lead to new treatment for Parkinson's disease, scientists have identified 24 genetic risk factors involved in the disease, including six that had not been previously identified...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
16 killed in Philippines in Islamist militants' attack
Manila, July 28 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and 13 injured Monday in an ambush staged by members of the militants group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, an official said. The official said the victims were...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Device to help neuroscientists analyse 'big data'
New York, July 28 (IANS) In the era of unprecedented quantities of information via web, mobile and other internet-based operations, here comes a new device that can help neuroscientists make sense of the "big data"....
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Commonwealth Games medals tally
Glasgow, July 28 (IANS) Australia continue to lead the 20th Commonwealth Games medals tally ahead of England at the beginning of the fifth day here Monday. India's rich haul of medals Sunday helped them leapfrog New...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Swaraj trip sets tone for Modi visit: Nepal daily
Kathmandu, July 28 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's three-day trip to Nepal set the "political tone" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much-anticipated official visit here, a leading Nepal daily...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Coming, lighter batteries with more life
New York, July 28 (IANS) You may soon be able to have a cell phone with double or triple the battery life as researchers have taken a big step towards accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for...
Read more on Apple Balla